COVID-19 Vaccine Information
Pfizer Vaccine Update - Ages 12-15
The FDA/CDC has recently expanded the emergency use authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to be
administered to adolescents age 12-15.
The EUA was granted after review of the research data.
This research included 2,260 adolescents, 1,131 who were given vaccine and 1,129 who were given placebo. Participants in the study were followed for at least 2 months after the second dose. This is in addition to the ongoing surveillance of the safety and efficacy of COVID vaccines that have now been given to over 140 million Americans.
The results of the trial showed an immune response that was at least as good as we saw in the adult studies. There were also zero cases of COVID in those that received vaccine versus 16 cases in the placebo group. Side effects were similar to what you have heard or experienced in adults and includes muscle aches/pains, headache, tiredness, and fever. If you have further questions about the vaccine, please reach out to your Primary Care Provider.
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COPC wants all of our patients and community to get the vaccine. If none of our appointments work for you, there are other options available - hospital systems, local pharmacies, grocery stores, and health departments. Please visit the Ohio Department of Health vaccine locator website by clicking here to find additional vaccination options that may be more convenient and quicker for you.
What to expect from the COVID-19 vaccine
The newly FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine is ready to be safely and effectively distributed. But with this announcement comes many questions: Is the vaccine safe? Who gets it first? What do I need to know about this vaccine? COPC is here to help you find answers.
Answers to Common Questions
What is this "new" mRNA vaccine and is it safe?
- mRNA vaccines are new but not unknown. Researchers have studied them extensively for decades, meaning this process can be standardized and scaled up. This makes vaccine development faster than traditional methods.
- Despite the fact that the COVID-19 virus and vaccines are new, the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine are the priority. Due to the severity and lethality of COVID-19, getting the vaccine is a safer choice.
- mRNA vaccines do not contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. Meaning they cannot give you the virus and they do not alter or interact with DNA in any way.
- To learn more here about the unknown, long-term, serious side effects of mRNA vaccines, click here.
If I get vaccinated, will it give me COVID-19?
After receiving the vaccine you may experience some mild side effects. These side effects are not
the same as having the actual virus.
The most common side effects include fatigue, headache, soreness or redness at the injection site, and muscle or joint pain. These should not prevent you from getting a vaccine that can prevent you from catching or spreading this deadly virus.
How, if at all, will the vaccine be beneficial to myself and others?
By becoming vaccinated, you will be protected from illness which could impact your ability to do your daily activities.
It also protects you from severe illness which could lead to hospitalization or even death.
The vaccine will also help you protect everyone in the community, including those who are at higher risk of complications. This will allow us to eventually resume “normal” life - including opening restaurants, movie theaters, and other public gathering places.
What precautions should I take after getting vaccinated?
Continuing to wear masks and social distance will reduce your chance of being exposed to or spreading the virus. Proper prevention measures coupled with the vaccine will provide the best protection from COVID-19.
What are COPC's goals?
We have two clear goals: To save lives and slow the spread of the virus. We are committed to providing you with the most up-to-date COVID-19 information and will continue to do so.
Where can I find additional information and FAQ's
For more Information and FAQ’s from the Ohio Department of Health, click here.